Monday, January 10, 2011

Margin of error...

I love watching preschoolers undergo non-traumatic tests that depend on some sort of voluntary response from them.  When Jacob was two, we had to get his vision tested.  He was supposed to identify various black and white pictures.  As soon as he saw the birthday cake, he was so excited that he yelled "BIRTHDAY CAKE" no matter what they showed him.  At Bryan's four-year-old checkup he had a hearing test.  The nurse asked him to say, "Beep," whenever he heard a beeping sound.  It went down something like this...
Stage 1:  (30 seconds)  Bryan is shy and will not respond to the nurse in any way.
Stage 2:  (5 seconds)  Bryan has warmed up and says, "Beep," whenever he hears a beep.
Stage 3:  (30 seconds)  Bryan decides it's more fun to just yell, "BEEP, BEEP, BEEP," whenever he feels like it.
Stage 4:  (10 seconds)  The nurse changes tactics and asks Bryan to lift up his arms when he hears a beep.  Bryan complies.
Stage 5:  (30 seconds)  The test is boring, but lifting his arms is fun, so Bryan starts flapping his arms franctically and says, "Look, I'm a bird."  The nurse gives up.


  1. I've said it before and I'll say it again: best blog ever.

    I'm working on a freelance project right now, but when I'm done we are going to find a time to get together.

  2. I love, love, love our sweet Bryan. I love that he lives with such abandon and has such a positive self image. He knows how great he is!

    Love, Nana


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